n. "An impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income." (Merriam-Webster)
"'Yiddish teacher' is a luftmentsh job," said the Yiddish professor.
Languages of Origin
לופֿטמענטש luftmentsh 'lit. man of the air, a person without a definite occupation or practical skills'
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Who Uses This
luftmentsh, luftmentsch, luft-mentsh
Plural luftmentschen / luftmentshn
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